RAM Talk: "I" in the World and the World of "Mine": Lin Tianmiao’s “Systems”
Aug 14, 2018 Tuesday 19:00 - 20:30
2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
Although usually labelled as a feminist due to her assigned sex and gender identity, Lin Tianmiao has actually broken through the gender-related shackles in her works by shifting the focus from women’s bodies to social identities and the fundamental meaning of life, and fostered a unique discourse system of her own. In her current exhibition “Systems”, from the selection of materials to the finished works, and to the themes and ideas she intends to transmit, she is challenging the power mechanism embedded in the social structure, and exploring how to perceive and reconstruct the self.
As noted by Lu Mingjun, a renowned Chinese art critic, “Lin tries to break out of all the knowledge and theories she has gained, and solely leverage her instincts and senses to detach the self from different dimensions of power systems fostered by different ideologies and reimagine the original self. The reimagination is deeply rooted in her past experience and the reality she lives in, but not limited by such experience and perceptions. Instead, the artist hopes that this process can set the self of hers and more people free from not only gender-related shackles, but also those regarding human in general. Rather than pursuing sheer freedom, it is meant to perceive and understand the situation of one’s own life under the existing historical and current conditions, so as to reexamine the true political relations between the self and the history, and the current and the future.”... Read More
Lu Mingjun is an Associate Professor at the Department of Fine Arts, Arts College of Sichuan University and holds a PhD in History. His theses have been published in periodicals including Literature & Art Studies, Art Research, and Twenty-First Century (Hong Kong). He also published the book Visual Cognition and Art History: Michel Foucault, Hubert Damisch, Jonathan Crary in 2014 and the article Logos and Morale: Conception and World Changes in the Painting Theory of Huang Binhong (1907-1954) in 2018. He has recently worked as a curator for exhibitions including “Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics” (2017-2018) and “Assembling” (2018). He received the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant in 2015, YiShu Awards for Writing on Contemporary Chinese Art in 2016, and Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Grant and the 6th CCAA Art Critic Award in 2017.
Free admission, reservation is required.